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Faculty Member - Clinical

Lee Cohen


  • Professor of Psychology
  • Adjunct Professor Department of Psychiatry (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)


Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University, 1999)


Licensed Psychologist, State of Texas, License # 31730


Phone: (806) 834-2530

Fax: (806)-742-0818


Web site:

Research Support:

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Health Care Professional Education and Training Award
Implementation of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence in
Oncology and Primary Care Settings
Principal Investigators: Lee M. Cohen & Susan Hendrick
Co-Investigators: Everardo Cobos, Betsy Jones, Cynthia Jumper, R. Michael Ragain, Darcy Reich
Proposed Funding Dates: March 2011 - February 2013
Total Direct Costs: $299,306

Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health: Research Scholars Project
The Differential Utility of Chewing Gum and Exercise as Adjuncts in Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence among Women and Men.
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Jumper
Co-Investigators: Lee M. Cohen, & Susan Hendrick
Funding Dates: June 2011 - May 2013
Total Direct Costs: $20,000

Research Interests:

My general research interest is in health psychology with a focus on addictive behaviors. More specifically, I am interested in examining the behavioral and physiological mechanisms that contribute to nicotine use and dependence as well as in developing optimal adult and adolescent smoking cessation treatments. My primary research interest is in the field of health psychology with an emphasis on addictive behaviors. More specifically, my research program systematically explores behavioral, cognitive, and physiological mechanisms that may contribute to nicotine use and dependence. As part of my programmatic research effort, I am interested in identifying healthy alternative behaviors that may aid nicotine dependent individuals in their cessation efforts. I have also begun to investigate relevant individual differences that may help to maintain tobacco use, including personality traits, emotional regulation, and affective states such as depression and anxiety. Finally, given the well-documented connection between drinking and smoking, I have recently become interested in examining ways in which to reduce problematic use of alcohol among college students.

Selected Research:

  • Cohen, L. M., Collins, F. L., VanderVeen, J. W., and Weaver, C. C. (2010). The Effect of Chewing Gum Flavor on the Negative Affect Associated with Tobacco Abstinence among Dependent Cigarette Smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 955-960.
  • Morrell, H. E. R., Cohen, L. M., and McChargue, D. E. (2010). Depression Vulnerability Predicts Cigarette Smoking among College Students: Gender and Negative Reinforcement Expectancies as Contributing Factors. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 607-611.
  • Prensky, E. H., Cohen, L. M., McChargue, D. E., and Gao, W. (2010). Effects of Sensory and Behavioral Substitutes Following an Experimentally-Induced Stressor among Abstinent Smokeless Tobacco Users. The American Journal on Addictions, 19, 128-135.
  • Cortez-Garland, M., Cohen, L. M.,*VanderVeen, J. W., and Cook, K. (2010). The Effect of Chewing Gum on Self-Reported Nicotine Withdrawal: Is it the Flavor, the Act of Chewing, or Both? Addictive Behaviors,35, 224-228.
  • Larsen, J. T. and Cohen, L. M. (2009). Smoking Attitudes, Intentions, and Behavior Among College Student Smokers: Positivity Outweighs Negativity. Addiction Research & Theory, 17, 637- 649.
  • VanderVeen, J., Cohen, L. M., Cukrowicz, K. C., and Trotter, D. R. M. (2008). The Role of Impulsivity on Smoking Maintenance. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 10, 1397-1404.
  • Morgan, R. D. and Cohen, L. M. (2008). Clinical and Counseling Psychology: Can Differences Be Gleaned From Printed Recruiting Materials? Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 2, 156-164.
  • VanderVeen, J. W., Cohen, L. M., Trotter, D. R. M, and Collins, F. L. (2008). Impulsivity and the Role of Smoking-Related Outcome Expectancies Among Dependent College-Aged Cigarette Smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 1006-1011.
  • Morrell, H. E. R., Cohen, L. M., and Dempsey, J. P. (2008). Smoking Prevalence and Awareness among Undergraduate and Health Professional Students. The American Journal on Addictions, 17, 181-186.
  • Morrell, H. E. R., Cohen, L. M., and al'Absi, M. (2008). Physiological and Psychological Symptoms and Predictors in Early Nicotine Withdrawal. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 89, 272-278.
  • Cohen, L. M., McChargue, D. E., and *Morrell, H. E. R. (2007). Negative Mood Regulation Mediates the Relationship between Distraction and Engagement in Pleasurable Activities among College Smokers. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 1969-1979.
  • Dempsey, J. P., Cohen, L. M., *Hobson, V., and Randall, P. K. (2007). Appetitive Nature of Drug Cues Re-Confirmed with Physiological Measures and the Potential Role of Stage of Change. Psychopharmacology, 194, 253-260.
  • Doran, N., McChargue, D. E., and Cohen, L. M. (2007). Impulsivity and the Reinforcing Value of Cigarette Smoking. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 90-98.

Edited Books:

  • Cohen, L. M., Collins, F. L, Young, A. M., McChargue, D. E., Leffingwell, T. R., & Cook, K. L. (Eds.) (2009). Pharmacology and Treatment of Substance Abuse: Evidence and Outcomes Based Perspectives. Routledge: New York, NY.
  • Cohen, L. M., McChargue, D. E., & Collins, F. L. (Eds.) (2003). The Health Psychology Handbook: Practical Issues for the Behavioral Medicine Specialist. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Teaching Research and Activities:

At the graduate level, I teach a course in Behavioral Medicine and our Beginning Adult Clinical Practicum. At the undergraduate level, I teach Abnormal Psychology.

Student research projects:

  • Chewing Gum and Reductions in Self-Reported Nicotine Withdrawal: Is it the flavor, the chewing or both?
  • Cigarette Smoking: Attentional Mediation of Anxiety as a Predictor of Nicotine Withdrawal Severity
  • Smoking-Cue Modulation of the Startle Response and the Relationship to Stages of Change
  • Mechanisms of Smoking Relapse: The Potential Influence of Binge Drinking and Impulsivity on Cue Response in Nicotine Dependent College Students
  • Chronic pain and smoking: the elucidation of a synergistic relationship